"Be Safe and Be Seen" is the message to all road users across Co Mayo, as the clocks go back later this month, and the days are getting shorter with darkness falling earlier.

In a move to reduce the death toll on roads, all Garda cars in Co Mayo will carry a stock of high-visibility vests to be given out to poorly-lit pedestrians and cyclists, as the evenings get darker.

Mayo Co Co is urging pedestrians to wear bright or fluorescent clothing in the daytime, and reflective material at night to make themselves more visible to drivers

Without reflective clothing, pedestrians or cyclists are only visible, in low-beam headlights, from 30 metres away, but by wearing reflective items, they become visible from 150 metres, giving drivers 5 times the distance to notice and avoid them.

Meanwhile, motorists are being urged to use their dipped headlights when driving during the day.

 

 

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